Caroline Clemmow has a rich and varied musical background. As a talented young violinist, she led the Kent County Youth Orchestra whilst still focussing mainly on her pianistic skills. She was awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes for both solo and ensemble playing. As a chamber musician she collaborated with many instrumentalists (both string and wind) and singers and became a founder member of the Hartley Piano Trio, which gained international recognition by its concert and festival appearances, broadcasts and numerous recordings, including the complete trios of Spohr on the Naxos label.
While also performing concertos and giving recitals as a soloist Caroline derives particular pleasure from the field of chamber music; she has worked with such diverse groups as Serenata, Kaleidoscope and the Koenig Ensemble, and has covered an extremely wide repertoire, ranging from the classics and romantics to complex twentieth-century works with the last-named group in a seven-city tour of the former Soviet Union, and percussion-and-piano works with Evelyn Glennie. Her many activities have led to numerous London concerts, regular broadcasts and invitations to major festivals.
An important part of her work is the celebrated piano duo with Anthony Goldstone, described by Gramophone as “a dazzling husband and wife team”. They have a unique and enterprising repertoire on one and two pianos and they are critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CD recordings. The latter now number almost 30, including a ground-breaking 7-CD cycle of the complete original piano duets of Schubert. Their BBC broadcasts have often included first hearings of unjustly neglected works, demonstrating their painstaking research by mixing famous masterpieces and fascinating rarities, and they have built up an international following.
Caroline was described by the Daily Telegraph as “the ideal chamber music partner”
SOLO DISCOGRAPHY – see also Goldstone & Clemmow discography
Items marked * are by the Hartley Piano Trio
Chapple: Bagatelles diverses
Divine Art DDA25056 (2007)
Whettam: Prelude,Scherzo and Elegy; Prelude and Scherzo Impetuoso
Divine Art DDA25038 (2006)
Hedges: Five Aphorisms, op.113; Three Explorations, op.145
Divine Art DDA25024 (2003)
Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 in D, op.36*; Piano Trio in E flat, op.70*
Gamut GAMCD 542 (1994)
Beach: Piano Trio in A minor, op.150*; Bloch: Three Nocturnes*; Copland: Vitebsk – Variations on a Jewish Theme*; Cowell: Four Combinations of three Instruments*; Ives: Piano Trio*
Gamut GAMCD 536 (1993)
Dvorák: Piano Trio in G minor, op.26*; Fibich: Trio in F minor*
Gamut GAMCD 523 (1991)
Bridge: Phantasie in C minor; Clarke: Piano Trio*; Ireland: Phantasie in A minor*
Gamut GAMCD 518 (1990)